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Charter Schools, Developer and Grocery Store Subsidies, University Debt, more

December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Michigan Falls in Economic Freedom Index

Lower rank due to reforms in other states

Lower rank due to reforms in other states more

State Senate Tightens Rules on Driver’s License

The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage

The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage more

School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers

Some districts’ residency requirements reinforce segregation

Some districts’ residency requirements reinforce segregation more

The Problems with the Pension and Retiree Health Insurance Bills

Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits

Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits more

The Right Way to Fund a Second Poe Lock

The shipping industry should help pay for the services it uses

The shipping industry should help pay for the services it uses more

Increase Cell Phone Tax, Expand Stopped Vehicle Mandate, Car Seat Regulations, More

December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Parents Deserve Clear Information About School Performance

Letter grades work for students, they can work for schools too

Letter grades work for students, they can work for schools too more

Productive Skills, Not College Degrees, Key to Economic Prosperity

A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’

A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’ more

Wyoming Lights Up a Tax Hike

Op-ed published in Casper Star Tribune

Op-ed published in Casper Star Tribune more

Unions Complicit in Retirement Benefit Crisis

But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway

But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway more

Parking Ticket License Renewal, Animal Cruelty, Student Loan Disclosures, more

December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Ex-Con Working as Nurse Gets Denied License When Moving to Michigan

Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation

Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school

Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school more

Mackinac Center Joins Tax Reform Letter

Senate vote for tax reform possible this week

Senate vote for tax reform possible this week more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Millions going to build luxury developments

Millions going to build luxury developments more

How to Regulate Vacation Rentals in Michigan

And why property rights need to be secured

And why property rights need to be secured more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet

Membership, revenue and political spending plummet for SEIU Healthcare-Michigan more

Unconstitutional? Not If These Resolutions Pass

November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

MEA Attack on Online Charters Misses Mark

Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families

Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families more

Update: D.C.’s Tax Reform Sausage Making May Still Work Out

Tax Foundation Calculates $2,500 gain per Michigan family

Tax Foundation Calculates $2,500 gain per Michigan worker more

Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives

New report backs up legislators

New report backs up legislators more

Why did the Governor Flip Flop on Corporate Welfare?

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective more

Guns in Schools, Fetus as Victim, Ice Shanties and More

November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project more

Let Them Fill Growlers

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom

Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom more

Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations

New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations more

Change Careers to Teaching? Take the SAT

New bureaucratic rule constricts educator pipeline

New bureaucratic rule constricts educator pipeline more

Michigan May Streamline Internet Services

Testimony: House and Senate bills gets government out of the way

Testimony: House and Senate bills gets government out of the way more

Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree

Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members?

Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members? more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

Reform plans are on the right track

Reform plans are on the right track more

How to Encourage Local Internet Development

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it

Cities should encourage broadband without owning it more

Local Governments Are Not in Debt Because of Less Revenue Sharing

It's time to address unfunded liabilities

It's time to address unfunded liabilities more

City Claims It Will Cut Almost Everything Without a ‘Needed’ Tax Hike

But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first

But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first more

New Analysis: Auto Insurance Costs Out of Control

Costs on the rise, will get worse if nothing is done

Costs on the rise, will get worse if nothing is done more

When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society

Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination

Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination more

Tipping the Scales on Solar

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions more

DeVos: Fight for Students, Not Over Them

Secretary of Education makes powerful case for parental choice

Secretary of Education makes powerful case for parental choice more

Homeschoolers, Pre-nups, Keggers and Cybersecurity

October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Only One Auto Insurance Reform Plan Worth Pursuing

HB 5013 will reduce premiums, competing reform bills may increase them

HB 5013 will reduce premiums, competing reform bills may increase them more

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all

U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all more

How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs

Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded

Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded more

Education Officials Avoid Obvious Solutions

Reforms needed before taking teacher shortage claims seriously

Reforms needed before taking teacher shortage claims seriously more

Allow Competition in Infrastructure Upgrades

Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone

Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone more

Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks

Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks more

EPA Administrator Pruitt to 'Unravel' Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course

Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course more

Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt

It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt more

Wastewater Infrastructure Updates Lagging?

The market is ready to serve

The market is ready to serve more

Michigan Closer to More Available Dental Care

Mackinac Center recommendation passes Senate

Mackinac Center recommendation passes Senate more

Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections

Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections more

Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost

Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost more

Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward more

Auto Insurance Reforms Worth Supporting

Bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a significant move in the right direction

Bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a significant move in the right direction more

It’s Time to Repeal the Bad Driver Tax

A mess that should never have been created

A mess that should never have been created more

How to Strike a Balance on Short-Term Rentals

Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together

Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together more

Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians

No consequences to kicking the can down the road

No consequences to kicking the can down the road more

Charter Schools Face Funding, Facility Inequities

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap more

Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals

State officials are hiding what should be public information

State officials are hiding what should be public information more

Happy Anniversary Tax Hikers

Ten years have passed since we took your bait

Ten years have passed since we took your bait more

Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax

Just another example of the trough truce

Just another example of the trough truce more

This Just In … Longwoods Out

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced more

Consumers Don’t Need a Law to Limit Competition

Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol

Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol more

Electric Bicycles, Lawsuits against Unlawful Local Government Gun Restrictions

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Short-Term Rentals Are Good for Michigan

State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing

State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing more

More State Oversight Needed for Government Assistance Programs

Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs

Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs more

It’s Time to Allow Direct Vehicle Sales

You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan

You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan more

How Juvenile Justice Works in Michigan

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth

A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth more

Arbitrary Licensing Requirements Should be Scrapped

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism

Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism more

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds RTW Law

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling more

‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults

New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults more

Political Free Speech, Cocaine Sentencing, Add Details to Liquor Control Law

September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Most Michigan Parents Satisfied with School Choice

Superintendent Whiston backtracks from 'backwards' claim

Superintendent Whiston backtracks from “backwards” claim more

How a Private Arts Festival Thrives

ArtPrize is in its ninth year

ArtPrize is in its ninth year more

Legislature Takes Aim at Rolling Back Harmful Licensing Laws

These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money

These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money more

Mackinac Center Joins 87 Groups and Activists Calling for Federal Tax Reform

Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code

Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code more

Michigan Income Tax Cuts Remain Affordable

State government is very well fed

State government is very well fed more

Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment

Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment more

Private Harbors, Free IDs for Veterans, Fixing and Punishing City Election Goofs

September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Flatten the Tax Code

Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems

Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems more

Public Service Commission actions threaten electric choice in Michigan

MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets

MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets more

Post Labor Day Weekend Good Time for Tourism Talk

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season more

A “Not Welcome” Sign for Special-Needs Students

Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs

Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs more

New Subsidies Show Which Groups Are Important to Lansing Politicians

Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first

Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first more

Bullying, Redskins, Foster Care Alternative, No Immigration Enforcement, More

August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

The Key Barriers Promoting Inequality

Some agreement between the left and the right

Some agreement between the left and the right more

A response to Oxford Economics' Review

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful more

New School Privatization Survey Results

Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out

Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out more

Give Foxconn Nothing

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers more

Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals

Watch what they do, not what they say

Watch what they do, not what they say more